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'The Flame in the Flood' arrives today on PlayStation 4

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:47:00 -0500

(image) When it was released last year, The Flame in the Flood garnered a lot of attention for its big name developers and unique take on the wilderness survival genre. Today, PlayStation 4 players who have been missing out the experience will finally get to...



Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' moves to Netflix this year

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:20:00 -0500

(image) Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is jumping from Sony's Crackle streaming service to one that people actually watch: Netflix. Late this year, the show will debut with 24 new episodes according to Variety. What's more, 59 back episode...



Obama pardons Stuxnet leak source James Cartwright

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:45:00 -0500

(image) Chelsea Manning isn't the only source of online leaks to get a new lease on life. President Obama has pardoned General James Cartwright, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when it investigated leaks that revealed details of Stuxnet, the US-backed...



FTC sues Qualcomm over anti-competitive practices

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:29:00 -0500

(image) The U.S. is the latest country to target Qualcomm over anti-competitive behavior. The FTC announced this afternoon that it was suing the company over monopolistic tactics around its baseband processor business -- the hardware that smartphones and tab...



Super Bowl 51 will stream for free on Fox Sports Go

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:24:00 -0500

(image) The Super Bowl has been streaming for awhile now, but watching the commercials (arguably the best part) has been hit or miss in the past. Remember when all that streamed was the game? Yep, that was pretty terrible. This year, however, Fox Sports has...



LG's Nexus-like Android Wear watches emerge in a leak

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:00 -0500

(image) For months, rumors have circulated of Google formally launching Android Wear 2.0 with a pair of flagship smartwatches -- not Google-designed, but certainly intended as reference models like Nexus phones used to be. But what will they be like? We migh...



President Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning's sentence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:28:00 -0500

(image) President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the majority of Chelsea Manning's remaining prison sentence, and she is now scheduled to be released on May 17th, 2017, rather than in 2045. Manning is the former army intelligence analyst who provided hundr...



Auto and oil industries want to pit hydrogen cars against EVs

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0500

(image) A consortium of companies from the car and power industries are teaming up to push hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Plenty of big names are involved, including Toyota, Daimler, BMW, Honda and Hyundai representing the automobile world. On the other...



Zotac's tiny gaming PC is powerful enough to play in VR

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:35:00 -0500

(image) A major obstacle currently facing VR is the fact that the headsets themselves (generally) have to remain tethered to a bulky desktop tower. With the new Zbox Magnus EN1070K from Zotac, however, that tower is now barely bigger than a Mac Mini. The EN...



AT&T no longer works with your 2G phone

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:13:00 -0500

(image) We hope you weren't planning to use your old-school iPhone or BlackBerry Pearl on AT&T's network for nostalgia's sake -- unfortunately, you're not going to get anywhere. As promised way back in 2012, the carrier has confirmed that it shut down 2G...



Burner's virtual phone lines add automatic robocall blocking

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:48:00 -0500

(image) When it debuted in 2012, Burner's virtual phone number app promised to help privacy-minded folks shield their private digits with temporary phone numbers while adding a few useful cloud-based integrations at the same time. Today, Burner announced a n...



Mark Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court against VR rival

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:00 -0500

(image) Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was grilled in court this morning over the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset, as part of a $2 billion lawsuit brought by ZeniMax Media. ZeniMax -- the owner of Bethesda Softworks, id Software and other video game...



Google+ revives one of its most useful features: Events

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:54:00 -0500

(image) Google overhauled Google+ from top to bottom in late 2015 to shift the focus to communities. The company has been tweaking the social platform since that change and today its announcing the latest updates. First, events are back on Google+. Starting...



Facebook stops paying publishers to stream live video

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:27:00 -0500

(image) For a while, Facebook was obsessed with live video -- it even paid publishers to make sure there was a steady flow of professionally-shot streams on offer. However, Zuckerberg and company appear to be tempering their enthusiasm a little bit. Recode s...



Google Maps may soon offer parking suggestions

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:55:00 -0500

(image) Google Maps can already tell you how congested your drive will be, but how about when you arrive? It looks like the app is about to give you at least a decent idea about the parking situation, thanks to a new feature spotted in the latest 9.44 beta b...



Realtor.com uses augmented reality to help you find a new home

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:28:00 -0500

(image) When it comes to looking for a new house, the process of browsing listings, visiting properties and more can become quite the chore. Realtor.com is looking to make things a bit easier on perspective home buyers with two new features for its Android a...



Evernote aims for speed and simplicity with its new iOS app

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) How do you keep loyal users after quickly stepping back from a potentially intrusive new privacy policy? For Evernote, it's by releasing a new app that focuses on the core features its users love. The company's latest iOS app has been "rebuilt from t...



Roku revamps its mobile app with improved ease of use

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Roku is giving its mobile app a bit of a makeover for the new year. A revamped navigation toolbar resides at screen's bottom now, offering quick access to installed channels, app settings, tossing photos from your mobile device to your TV and remote...



Gravity wave ripples across Venus' hellish atmosphere

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:40:00 -0500

(image) It took the Japanese atmospheric probe Akatsuki a while, but once it got into orbit around Venus just over a year ago, it immediately spotted a large, bow-shaped disturbance. Researchers now believe the phenomenon was a gravity wave, or atmospheric f...



Astronomers more accurately calculate the Milky Way's mass

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:19:00 -0500

(image) It's impossible to arrive at an exact measurement for the billions of stars and other objects that make up the Milky Way. However, a group of astronomers say they have calculated the most accurate estimate to date. In a paper that will be published i...



Smart air freshener lets you select scents with your phone

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Thanks to the internet of things, we have the ability to control our home's lighting and temperature at the touch of a button. But what about the smell? For that, we're left with shoving a Glade plug-in air freshener into a socket or opening a window...



Live video comes to Instagram Stories in the UK

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:57:00 -0500

(image) While Facebook and Instagram are fundamentally different platforms, that doesn't mean they aren't taking inspiration from each other. About a month ago, Instagram adopted live video streaming, a feature that has been blowing up on Facebook, but it wa...



Atmospheric 'lens' could shield troops from laser weapons

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:41:00 -0500

(image) How do you defend yourself against laser weapons when they fire at the speed of light? BAE Systems has an idea. It's developing Laser Developed Atmopsheric Lens technology that, as the name suggests, uses lasers to temporarily ionize the atmosphere t...



Baidu hires former Microsoft executive VP as it focuses on AI

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:22:00 -0500

(image) China's most popular internet search company has picked up a new group president and COO. Previously at Microsoft and Yahoo (and an authority in artificial intelligence), Dr. Qi Lu might be just what the company needs. Baidu's profits have slipped fr...



Should we get our hopes up again for cloud gaming?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) "We, in no way, take credit for the idea." LiquidSky CEO Ian McLoughlin knows video game streaming isn't a new concept. For years, various companies have promised players they'd be able to load up any game on any device via cloud streaming. Play the...